Two Sheffield retailers fined after selling out of date food
Two Sheffield retailers have been found guilty of selling out of date food in their shops.
On June 22 last year, officers from Sheffield Trading Standards Service at Sheffield City Council visited Azade Mini Marke at Firth Park Road, Sheffield.
Officers seized 69 food items which were incorrectly labelled. The food consisted mainly of chilled cooked meats, cheeses and cooked fish and ranged from one to 18 days past the use by date.
Gara Amin, 38, of Hinde House Lane, who owns Azade Mini Market, pleaded guilty at Sheffield Magistrates to placing 40 items of food on sale with expired use by dates and was fined a total of £1,395.
On July 13 last year, a visit was made to International Grocery of Bellhouse Road, Sheffield, where nine items of food were found on sale beyond the use by date, with one item dating nearly two months out of date.
Proprietor Khaled Hamad Ali of Simpson Road, Wolverhampton, pleaded guilty to four offences of supplying food with expired use by dates and another offence of failing to register as a food business. He was fined a total of £1,277.
Both businesses were visited by Trading Standards Officers following complaints from consumers about Sheffield retailers suspected of selling out of date food.
During the survey, 13 other food businesses were inspected including supermarkets, grocers and convenience stores. In total, more than 80 items of food with incorrect labelling were seized.
Councillor Lewis Dagnall, Cabinet Member for Environment and Streetscene at Sheffield City Council, said: "The Council has an important responsibility to act to protect public health in all walks of life. Selling goods past their use-by date is dangerous not only for the people who buy these items unknowingly, but to other customers and staff who use the facilities.
“Some of these items were so out of date, there was simply no excuse. The conclusion of these cases sends an important message to traders about their responsibilities, and that short-term profit should never be put ahead of health and safety."